Quiet your moaning

I hate people who moan.

Which is odd as I do like a good old-fashioned whine from time to time but that’s more a cathartic reaction to a crap day than a perpetual state of bloody-minded dourness. Some people probably spend large portions of their life wondering why they have few friends and why they never really feel happy. Actually that’s not true, the moaners of our world have a habit so deeply ingrained they are undoubtedly unaware of themselves and the annoyed by-standers who would really like them to just SHUT UP.

Of course when it comes to any form of self-loathing, everything is relative. MY life sucks more than yours, MY day was worse than yours, MY luck is worse than yours… and so on.

It does seem to be on the rise, this insistence that I have to listen to every gripe and groan, no matter whether they are valid or not. So I’m doing what I can to combat it, fighting back in the only way I know how.

I’m being the cheeriest bugger in the office.

Admittedly it seems to be freaking people out a little but hey, whatever works, right?

I wish I could understand the motivation behind the constant moaner, surely no-one is THAT miserable ALL THE TIME? Surely there is something that offers them a glimmer of hope, a hint of happiness… I mean something OTHER than Celebrity X-Jungle Dancing, or whatever it’s called.


  1. Tom said:

    surely no-one is THAT miserable ALL THE TIME?

    Haven’t you read Lyle’s blog?

    November 26, 2007
  2. Peggy said:

    If you don’t watch TV at the end of each day, there will be nothing for you to talk about in the office. I don’t think I could survive in an office environment now as I don’t watch nearly enough telly.

    If you don’t want to hear people whine or moan about stuff, walk away from them. It is very effective.

    November 26, 2007
  3. Gordon said:

    Ohh I do Peggy, although the modern day alternative is to put your headphones on.

    And there is plenty of interesting things on TV, I do watch them just not that manufactured crap, it really gets on my wick.

    November 26, 2007
  4. hans stolte said:

    I watch QI, Have I got News for you, never mind the buzzcocks and thats about it.

    Moan, nope nothing to moan about, at all.

    Stressed , nope I get to work from home.

    Moaning colleagues , hold on……

    Kitchen … Nope
    Rumpus Room …. Nope
    Bedrooms 1 through 5 ….Nope
    Garage1,2 ….Nope
    Utility … Nope
    Drawing Room …. Nope
    Conservatory ….Nope
    Garden ….. Nope, but I can hear other people

    So no complaints here old salt, it must be what you fellows do in terms of:

    1. Wake up at some ungodly hour (before 8am)
    2. Drive in the same direction as everyone else
    3. Breathe in emissions
    4. Clock in
    5. try get a quick coffee
    6. Work
    7. Lunch at some pre-determined time that fits in with nothing you do
    8. Try to get stuff done before 5pm as someone decided thats EOB
    9. Join rats racing home
    10. Get in about 7pm (Now you have been awake in work mode for 13 hours out of your 7.5 hour billable day)
    11. Microwave some horrid gunk
    12. watch one TV program thats not stimulating, so you can discuss it
    13. Wash and bed about 11pm
    14 You have now had about 3 hours out of the day for you
    15. Moan the next day, why not you have a right to

    rinse and repeat

    November 27, 2007
  5. Lyle said:

    @Tom : Cheers for that. 😛

    Besides, I’m not grumpy all the time – although I do get narked with tossers. But then, who doesn’t?

    November 27, 2007
  6. David said:

    Speaking of TV shows and moaning, I recently watched the 70’s TV series of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Moaning opportunities are plentiful as Marvin is the most common ad hoc persona I have been slipping into.

    Then there is the weather.

    I passed up my first opportunity to travel with work because of the forecast 4degC max days. After just defrosting from a lengthy southern hemisphere winter this didn’t appeal to me.

    The colleague who did travel mentioned you don’t need to shower daily because you don’t sweat. Now imagine how much more moaning you could do if you save all that time fair weather folk are showering.

    PS: Lyle’s blog would be moan-worthy if not for the bearable worksafe CSS. It is a memorable design though. I just have to squint for a moment to see the image burned into my retina appear in the dark background of my eyelids 😉

    November 27, 2007
  7. NML said:

    I find that constant moaners do so because it’s easier to moan than to take action to rectify whatever is bothering them. I’d say your happy attitude must be winding a few people up 😉

    November 28, 2007

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